Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 6th Jun 2015 20:53 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: Most normal, non-tech-obsessed people don't really need a smartwatch.

You can read the entire article if you want, but this opening line is all you need to know. Smartwatches are, right now, useless crap.

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To me...
by deathshadow on Sun 7th Jun 2015 15:29 UTC
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2005-07-12

Watches have always been useless crap... They serve a very specific niche, and one that other devices have long since supplanted.

The form factor has always been awkward and uncomfortable, no matter the quality of the band, fit or finish it's always smacking into things (I broke more watchfaces before the age of 15 than I care to count), getting caught on things, chafing at the wrist, and being a general pain in the ass...

But now in the modern age suddenly everyone's got their Dick Tracy on?

You know what I think would be far more useful? Put a little threaded metal spot on phones so you can attach them to a LANYARD... or a tripod. Simple little quarter-inch screw-hole for standard tripod or lanyard hook, how hard would that be? How useful would that be to just put it on a chain around your neck? Particularly some of the smaller form factors? (I'm really starting to sour on some of these larger phones).

But Watch form factor? Too small, too inconvenient, poorly placed just asking for it to break...

Never been a fan of watches, can't we just let this crap go in favor of something better?

Though we'll always have the artsy fartsy form over function re-re's trying to make this more about style than substance. I've never really fallen for that lie, kinda wish more people weren't so shallow.

Edited 2015-06-07 15:30 UTC

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RE: To me...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 8th Jun 2015 15:25 in reply to "To me..."
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Smart phone on a lanyard... That is something I never thought of before. Ignoring the obvious theft problem, it might be useful, if it were small enough. Are you sure there isn't already a case for this?

http://solutions.blair.com/p/95335.uts

Boom.

Tripod, huh? Not sure why, but there don't seem to be any cases for this ( after a quick google). There is a DIY 3d print thing. So that's a point I guess.

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RE: To me...
by phoenix on Mon 8th Jun 2015 18:11 in reply to "To me..."
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

The form factor has always been awkward and uncomfortable, no matter the quality of the band, fit or finish it's always smacking into things (I broke more watchfaces before the age of 15 than I care to count), getting caught on things, chafing at the wrist, and being a general pain in the ass...


How were you wearing it; on which side of the wrist? I used to bang it into things and find it very uncomfortable to wear.

Then I started wearing them in military or European fashion, on the underside of my wrist. It's a lot more comfortable that way. The rounded band goes on the rounded top of the wrist, and the flat watch goes against the flat bottom of the wrist. Plus, this way, it's protected by your body, and it's a lot easier to read anytime your hand/arm is in front of you (holding things, driving, etc).

I used to go through watches on a yearly basis, mostly dying due to cracked screens. Haven't replaced a watch in 10+ years now since switching how I wear them.

Personally, I can't live without my watch, and actually feel quite naked and exposed on days I forget to put one on. And when I'm not wearing one, I still check my wrist for the time before digging through my pockets to find my phone. Flicking my wrist to check the time is just so much easier and convenient.

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